The World Youth Championship ended with four different National Anthems this year. The fourth instalment of the tournament was held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club from March 27th– April 3rd. It was the biggest event yet, with 42 players from 16 countries attending. And it was great for new countries Botswana, Papua New Guinea and Malta to be in the tournament.
The World Youth Championship final of the mixed pairs was between Scotland and a composite team from Australia and Malta. While Scotland Claire Walker and John Fleming represented Scotland, Billy Johnson and Connie Rixon represented Sunshine Coast. And during the back and forth game Scotland played well but Connie and Billy finally pulled away right at the end.
In the ladies single’s final, it was defending champion Ellen Ryan of Australia vs Pricilla Westlake of Canada. Firstly Ryan pulled out to a six shot lead after just two ends. Then the heart of the Canadian came back as she had done in previous matches in the tournament. While gusty conditions prevailed, the Canadian managed to beat the champion and claim a gold medal for Canada 21-18.
The men’s final was all class with some great bowls being played and both men entered the final undefeated. But only one could win in the match between Daniel Salmon from Wales and Corey Wedlock of Australia. And with a close game predicted, Daniel just had the upper hand and with some amazing draw bowls, consequently took on the Gold medal back to Wales.
It was a great event and the club would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up a week to mark and score games. We are looking forward to next year’s competition coming back to Broadbeach BC at the end of February and we wait with bated breath over who will take home the Gold.
By Ryan Bester, Broadbeach Bowls Club
Photo: Bowls Australia